call one's bluff
phrasal to challenge in order to expose an empty pretense or threat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • call one's bluff —  See bluff, call one s …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • call one's bluff — verb ask to prove what someone is claiming John called Mary s bluff when she claimed she could prove the theorem in under an hour • Hypernyms: ↑challenge • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * phrasal : to challenge and expose an empty pretense or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • call one's bluff — challenge someone to prove what they say is true I decided to call his bluff and asked him to show me the evidence …   Idioms and examples

  • call one's bluff — {v. phr.}, {informal} To ask someone to prove what he says he can or will do. (Originally from the card game of poker.) * /Tom said he could jump twenty feet and so Dick called his bluff and said Let s see you do it! / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call one's bluff — {v. phr.}, {informal} To ask someone to prove what he says he can or will do. (Originally from the card game of poker.) * /Tom said he could jump twenty feet and so Dick called his bluff and said Let s see you do it! / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call\ one's\ bluff — v. phr. informal To ask someone to prove what he says he can or will do. (Originally from the card game of poker.) Tom said he could jump twenty feet and so Dick called his bluff and said Let s see you do it! …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bluff, call one's —  Challenge one, in order to reveal the fact that one is indulging in pretence …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Dayton's Bluff — is a neighborhood located on the east side of the Mississippi in the southeast part of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, which has a large residential district on the plateau extending backward from its top. The name of the bluff commemorates… …   Wikipedia

  • bluff — See: CALL ONE S BLUFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bluff — See: CALL ONE S BLUFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

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